Designing the DIANA Headphone by ABYSS

DIANA Headphone Design

DIANA headphones are engineered to play the delicate nuances of piano and violin yet pound your head with clean powerful crescendos when called upon. ABYSS began with their world class AB-1266 Phi headphone and worked to develop a new speaker transducer customized for the thin profile of the DIANA headphone.

Retaining the amazing speed and impact of the large AB-1266 Phi while miniaturizing the entire headphone package proved to be a huge engineering challenge. ABYSS spent two years toggling between Solidworks 3D software and machining prototypes to reach a point where the DIANA headphone could be no thinner. 

The ultimate result is a ultra thin yet rigid shell that begins at over 1000 grams of aircraft grade aluminum then ends with an under 100 gram frame structure once the CNC machine completely removes every last bit, with smooth accuracies measured in fractions of a thousandth of an inch.

The standard DIANA headphone comes well dressed with your choice of two classy outfits, and the higher performance DIANA Phi in titanium gray with sporty red pin stripes (Diana can be customized to suit your tastes at additional cost). A hard polymer ceramic finish give her metallic parts customizable color, and as in the finest of sports cars soft leather and breathable Italian Alcantara® cradle your skin.

Acoustics are huge with headphones, they’re like tiny rooms for your ears. Being material experts allows ABYSS to fine tune the room to offer up speaker like performance around your head, sound as if you are seated next to the band. The open back Fibonacci hole pattern was tuned to match the speaker drivers perfectly, allowing sound like life itself. Thin is in, and every one of the DIANA headphone's sculpted curves is purpose built for good looks, and great sound.

Open back means more of a sense of space and you-are-there realism, with a positive benefit of allowing you to still hear your surroundings while on the go.  Lower volume settings let you carry on a conversation with others while playing relaxing background music, raise the volume to dissolve outside noise. The proximity of the natural sounding speakers to your ears allows the brain to focus on music with an illusion of floating outside of your head.

As with any ABYSS design, longevity and lack of moving parts are very important traits for final sound quality to prevent squeaks and the need for repair. We optimized the sliding headband while observing fit on thousands of people to a point where she can adapt to nearly any head shape. DIANA headphones are equipped with a flexible magnetic headband that adjusts smoothly and cradles your head comfortably without pressure, and lambskin ear pads are interior contoured to cradle your ears. You’ll completely forget you are wearing headphones.

DIANA headphones are comfortable, stylish, and play ABYSS world-class sound. In our opinion, she’s the finest and thinnest boutique headphone money can buy!

Diana headphones are fabulous!